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    The Hamline Summer Writing Workshop

    Write. Learn. Experiment. Restore. Engage. Experience all of this and more at Hamline's intensive residential retreat set on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. At the annual Summer Writing Workshop, you will experience a deep immersion in the process and craft of writing with nationally known authors in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Students choose to commute to class each day or can stay on St. Olaf's picturesque campus. Those who stay on campus can use the free time to write, read, hike, or socialize.

    Students will spend their afternoons in focused study of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. Mornings are open to write, relax, or take advantage of the rich prairie, wetlands, and woodlands surrounding St. Olaf, or the lively charm of historic downtown Northfield.

    2014 Visiting Faculty:   

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    2014 sww Oliver de la Paz 220Oliver de la Paz is the author of three collections of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, and Requiem for the Orchard, winner of the Akron Prize for poetry chosen by Martìn Espada.  He is the co-editor, with Stacey Lynn Brown, of A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. He co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Asian American poetry, and serves on the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Board. In 2013 he was one of the poetry mentors for The Loft Mentor Series.

    A recipient of a NYFA Fellowship Award and a GAP Grant from Artist Trust, his work has appeared in numerous journals, including Passages North, Virginia Quarterly Review, North American Review, Tin House, Chattahoochee Review, and in anthologies such as Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation. He teaches at Western Washington University.

    Visit Oliver de la Paz's website

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    2014 sww Rebecca McClanahan 220Rebecca McClanahan is a published author of creative nonfiction and poetry. Her tenth book, The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change, is a multi-generational memoir published in 2013 by Indiana University Press. She has published a suite of essays, The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, winner of the Glasgow Prize in nonfiction, and five books of poetry.  Her three books of writing instruction include Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively a text used in numerous creative writing programs. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including The Best American Essays, The Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize anthology, Kenyon Review, Georgia Review, Boulevard, and Gettysburg Review.  Her awards include the Carter Prize for the essay from Shenandoah, and literature fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the MacDowell Colony. 
    Besides serving on the MFA faculties of Queens University (Charlotte, N.C. ) and Rainier Writers Workshop (Tacoma, Wa), Rebecca McClanahan travels throughout the country to conduct readings, workshops, and writing residencies.

    Visit Rebecca McClanahan's website

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    2014 sww Brad Watson 220Brad Watson is the author of award-winning books of fiction. His first book, Last Days of the Dog-Men: Stories, won the Sue Kauffman Award for First Fiction; his first novel, The Heaven of Mercury, received the Southern Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award; his most recent book, Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives, a novella and stories, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Stories in Aliens have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Greensboro Review, the PEN/O.Henry Prize Stories, 2010, and elsewhere. His awards include a 2004 NEA Fellowship and a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship.
    He has taught at the University of Alabama, Harvard, the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Mississippi, where he was the Grisham Writer-in-Residence. He currently teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Wyoming.
     Visit Brad Watson's website

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    St. Olaf College in northfield, minnesota

    St. Olaf College rests on a beautiful 345-acre campus. Adjacent to the main campus are 700 acres of land, including woodlands, prairies, wetlands, and farmlands. A walk around campus could take you from Norway Valley through dense woods, across open prairie to the shore of a small wetland. It is a setting conducive to reflection, writing, and simple appreciation of the campus’ natural beauty. Northfield is less than an hour’s drive from the Twin Cities, so that students wishing to commute may do so. Dining in St. Olaf’s impressive student center is provided by Bon Appetit. www.stolaf.edu   

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    Explore St. Olaf's prairies, woodlands, wetlands, and trails.
    Photo via www.stolaf.edu

    Visiting Northfield: http://www.visitingnorthfield.com  


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    JULY 28 - AUGUST 1, 2014

    Mornings free for writing, hiking, etc.
    Afternoon workshop sessions, 1-4.
    Faculty reading on Tuesday evening;
    Student reading on Thursday or Friday. 

    Registration for current Hamline students is open now. Alumni/Sampler registration will open on Monday, March 3.


    Students can register for 2 credits or for zero credit, as well as on-campus or commuter pricing options.
    Full tuition & fee information  

    CWP Confidentiality Agreement &
    Workshop Basics & Etiquette Guidelines

    Note to community members (non-Hamline students): While the Summer Writing Workshop is open to community members who have completed a BA, students accepted into the course are expected to have experience in creative writing and a strong foundation in the elements of the craft. The workshop is a graduate-level course and students should be able to discuss readings and fellow students' work at that level; the workshop is not an introductory level course designed to teach the basics.


    Wells Tower
    Marilyn Nelson
    Emma Bull
    Toi Dericotte
    Lia Purpura
    Nami Mun
    Bob Hicok 
    Benjamin Percy
              Mary Ruefle
              Ira Sukrungruang
              Wells Tower
              Patricia Smith
              Scott Russell Sanders
              Jean Valentine
              Matthew Dickman
              Michael Dickman
              June Spence
              Susanne Antonetta
              Jo Ann Beard
              Robin Hemley
              Michael Martone
              Junot Diaz
              Brenda Miller
              Catherine Bowman
              Josip Novakovich
              Marsha Chall
              G.E. Patterson
              Judith Ortiz Cofer
              Sandra Benitez